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Yoga, from the word ‘yug’ means to yoke or bind. It’s a life philosphy which combines various practices to bind the mind, body and spirit creating unity and wellness. It’s this process from dis-ease to a state of ease and harmony which keeps on bringing me back to my mat and studies.

My first encounter with yoga was somewhere during my early childhood when my father tried to engage me in some asana practices and meditation. Not his most succesful undertaking at the time, but something must have stuck, because when I finally attended my first ‘professional’ class in 2009, I knew I was very  much at home on the four corners of my mat.

I’ll be the first to admit that inititally I was drawn to practice as it satisfied my need to move, but the practice quickly creeped deeper than the mere physical and soon I was planning my day around getting to my mat. I do have the unfortunate tendency to get bored quickly, but yoga never gave me the opportunity and each and every time I thought that boredom was around the corner yoga peeled away another fascinating layer. As an Occupational Therapist I was and still am fascinated by the way in which a yogic lifestyle brings about wellness, a term which means so much more then being ‘bug’ free.

In 2012 I packed my bags for India and Nepal and spent the next five months travelling and deepening my practice at a variety of centres, ashrams and monestaries. I learned a lot, but the most profound thing I took away from the trip was the attitude that yoga is a way of life, not just some pretty (and some not so pretty) poses on your mat for an hour a day.  It is my hope that through the classes I present at the studio, my students (who are also my teachers) get a glimpse into this way of being and create an environment in which the yoga gets taken of the mat and into their daily life, creating unity not only within themselves, but with the world outside the studio doors.

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